Onslow-Cole: ‘BMW Not Out Of It By Any Stretch Of The Imagination’

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Last weekend heralded a debut victory for Tom Onslow-Cole in the VW Racing Cup and the eBay Motors BMW man is eager to repeat the feat in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

The BMW 320si has proven one of, if not the, benchmark S2000 cars this season and while others have slipped back the West Surrey Racing-run outfit are still fighting it out at the front.

Speaking to, Onslow-Cole said he harbours genuine hopes of taking a win this season.

“The car has still got some pace in it,” he explained. “The last couple of rounds have been quite good for us in terms of pace, but then they are tracks that tend to suit the BMW.

“On from here we have got a shot of getting the odd win here and there and definitely some podiums – we’re not out of it by any stretch of the imagination.”

Though he admits fighting at the front in Britain’s premier motor racing series is a difficult task made harder against the new NGTC motors, he remains optimistic – not just for Snetterton, but for the rest of the season as well.

“It’s tough with the older spec car,” he adds. “You really have to be giving it 110%. We’ve noticed this season the sort of more stop-start tracks suit us so I think coming up in the calendar we’ve got some which could be potential good tracks for the BMW.

“Snetterton is a bit more flowing but we don’t really know [where we’ll be]. There is still that element of just turning up and maximising what we’ve got.”

The team were at Brands Hatch trying to eke out that little bit more performance from a car which has seen plenty of track time over the years, and Onslow-Cole says the team are pleased that they are still making progress even under the new regulations.

He said: “There are not massive gains to be had out of the car because the team has developed it over a number of years.

“I’m pretty confident that we’re getting what we need out the car and we’ve got a good understanding of the new engine regulations [from the test] too. If anything we’ll go to Snetterton a little more prepared.”

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